About Us

The mission, priority areas of focus, customers, and background of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are summarized here.

AHRQ Mission

AHRQ's mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

AHRQ Facts

Director: Richard Kronick, Ph.D.
Acting Deputy Director: Boyce Ginieczki, Ph.D.
Agency Staff: Approximately 300.
Fiscal year 2013 Budget: $408.8 million
Research: Approximately 80 percent of AHRQ's budget is invested in grants and contracts focused on improving health care.

AHRQ's Priority Areas of Focus

AHRQ's priority areas of focus are:

Select AHRQ Profile to learn more about AHRQ's priority focus areas.

AHRQ's Customers

  • Clinicians and other health care providers, such as hospitals.
  • Consumers and patients.
  • Health care policymakers at the Federal, State, and local levels.
  • Purchasers and payers, such as employers and public and private insurers.
  • Other health officials, such as hospital systems and medical school faculty.

AHRQ Background and History

AHRQ was originally created as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) on December 19, 1989, under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 (103 Stat. 2159), as a Public Health Service Agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Agency was reauthorized with a name change as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on December 6, 1999, under the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999.

Additional information on public records for AHRQ and its predecessor agencies in health services research is available from the National Archives and Records Administration at: http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/510.html.

For More Information

AHRQ Equal Employment Opportunity Data: Notification and Federal Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR)

AHRQ Procedures for Providing Reasonable Accommodation for Individuals With Disabilities

Current as of March 2014
Internet Citation: About Us . March 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/about/index.html